SCIL Presents: Human Rights Council's Investigative Mechanisms

8 November 2017


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Human Rights Council's Investigative Mechanisms with a Specific Focus on the Current Fact Finding Mission on Myanmar

Speaker: Chris Sidoti, International Human Rights Consultant

Two of the UN Human Rights Council's mechanisms are well known - the Special Procedures and the Universal Periodic Review. Less well known is the use made of special investigations into specific human rights situations in specific countries. These time-limited investigations are more targeted than the mandates of Special Procedures and often complement the work done by Special Procedures.

Chris Sidoti has recently appointed one of the three members of the HRC's Independent International Fact Finding Mission on Myanmar. He'll discuss the role of these focused investigation mechanisms in the HRC's work and the Myanmar FFM in particular.


About the speaker

Chris Sidoti is a human rights lawyer, advocate and teacher. He currently works from Sydney, Australia, as an international human rights consultant, specialising in the international human rights system and in national human rights institutions. He has been Australian Human Rights Commissioner (1995-2000), Australian Law Reform Commissioner (1992-1995) and Foundation Director of the Australian Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (1987-1992). He has also worked in non-government organisations, including as director of the International Service for Human Rights, based in Geneva, Switzerland, and for the Human Rights Council of Australia and the Australian Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace. In 2007-08 he was the independent chair of the United Kingdom Government's Northern Ireland Bill of Rights Forum. He is currently a member pf the United Nations Human Rights Council's Independent International Fact Finding Mission on Myanmar. He was also a member of the Board of the United Nations Voluntary Fund for Technical Cooperation in the Field of Human Rights from 2012 to 2017. He is an adjunct professor at the Australian Catholic University and an Affiliate at the Sydney Centre for International Law at the University of Sydney.


CPD Points: 1

This event is proudly hosted by the Sydney Centre for International Law at The University of Sydney Law School.


Time: 6-7pm (registration from 5.30pm)

Location: Common Room, Level 4, New Law Building (F10), Eastern Avenue, Camperdown, University of Sydney

Cost: Complimentary, however registration is essential.

Contact: Professional Learning & Community Engagement

Phone: 02 9351 0429

Email: 3e163849210432214607093a1234032c4f431012117b3124